Become Part of the Academic Decathlon® Experience
Your high school is invited to participate in the 2017-2018 Academic Decathlon® Program. This invitation is extended to every public and private high school in the state of Ohio.
Academic Decathlon® is a challenging educational experience for students at all levels of academic performance which teaches life skills such as hard work, teamwork, perseverance, and goal setting — all valuable skills used in every facet of life. Furthermore, the curriculum is extremely rigorous, relevant and offers astonishing educational value. It can easily be tied to any number of educational standards and benchmarks since it is cross disciplinary in nature.
Teams of students compete in ten areas: art, economics, essay, interview, literature, mathematics, music, science, social science and speech which are based on a relevant and challenging theme each year. Participants take multiple choice exams in the seven academic areas of the competition. For the three interpersonal areas of the competition, students deliver a prepared and an impromptu speech, participate in an interview, and write an essay.
A unique aspect of the program is that teams are composed of students from all academic achievement levels. The nine-member team is comprised of three Varsity (GPA below 3.0), three Scholastic (GPA below 3.75) and three Honors (GPA 3.75 or above) students. Participants may compete in a higher division but not in a lower division (i.e., a Scholastic student may compete as an Honor student but not as a Varsity student). Each category of students competes only against other students within that category for medals within each of the ten areas.
Schools may register as early as May of each year. The USAD® Study Guide comes out in May and lists the official outline of the subject areas to be studied for the upcoming competition season. Schools may complete their application to register teams and pay their entry fee up until November 18th in order to field a team in the January Regional Competition. However, teams who complete all registration requirements are eligible for early registration discount. Also, there are a limited number of grants available each year to schools who are just starting a team. Complete the Supply-Grant-2017-2018-Application (1) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. A supply grant pays for most of the materials to start a team.
Both live and online local competitions are offered in October and December. Then, teams advance to competitions at the regional level and progress on to the state competition. The capstone event is a national competition where students compete against other state championship teams. The 2018 USAD® National Competition is being held in Frisco, Texas!
Ideally, recruitment of students for your team should begin in the spring as many competitive teams will have their students read the novel or study guides over the summer months. However, it’s never too late! Please take some time to look over these materials and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have using the “Contact Us” tab. Also, we can make arrangements for someone to meet with you to discuss the opportunity Academic Decathlon® can present for your school and your students. We look forward to working with you and hope you will consider Academic Decathlon® a worthwhile academic competition for your school and an incredible academic experience for your students. Thank you for your consideration!
Start a Team Today
• Contact the state director to register your school
• Recruit a coach
• Order study materials
• Recruit a variety of students with a wide range of grade point averages
• Prepare for the competition using the study materials
• Compete at the local, regional and state competitions
• Be prepared to represent Ohio at the 2017-2018 National Competition in Frisco, Texas on April 19-21 April
Schools interested in starting a team may contact us via the contact form.
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